Black characters weren’t often at the forefront in video game casts when I was a kid, but now that they’re a bit more prominent, it’s nice to see. For the first Black History Month of the new decade, let’s have a look back at some of the great black video game characters from the last decade.
Lee Everett (Telltale’s The Walking Dead)
This list wouldn’t be complete without Lee Everett, for many reasons. Lee is one of, if not, the first black protagonist that I was able to play as for a whole game without having to create a character to look like myself. More importantly, even though players influence his actions, he’s well-written.
Lee, along with the others on this list, aren’t walking stereotypes or caricatures. That being said, he does start the game off in the back of a cop car. But you soon find out that he’s a much deeper character than that intro scenario would have you believe.